First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Who (or what) really governs us?
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
The Bible
  1. Isa 2:2-5

    2And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

    3And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

    4And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

    5O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.

  2. Isa 14:1, 7, 24, 26, 27

    1For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.

    7The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.

    24The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:

    ... 26This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.

    27For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

  3. Isa 32:1-3, 17, 18

    1Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

    2And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

    3And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

    17And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

    18And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;

  4. Isa 33:20, 22

    20Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

    ... 22For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.

  5. Isa 45:11, 12 (to :), 13 (to :), 25

    11Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.

    12I have made the earth, and created man upon it:

    ... 13I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways:

    25In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

  6. Matt 6:10

    10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

  7. Matt 22:35-40

    35Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

    36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

    37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

    38This is the first and great commandment.

    39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

  8. II Peter 1:2-8, 10

    2Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

    3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

    4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

    5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

    6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

    7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

    8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    ... 10Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy

  1. 106:6-11

    6    Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed man with inalien-Proper self-government able rights, among which are self-government, 9reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.

  2. 73:8-14

        The belief that one man, as spirit, can control an-9other man, as matter, upsets both the individuality and One governmentthe Science of man, for man is image. God controls man, and God is the only Spirit. Any 12other control or attraction of so-called spirit is a mortal belief, which ought to be known by its fruit, — the repe-tition of evil.

  3. 565:13-22

    The impersonation of the spiritual idea had a brief history in the earthly life of our 15Master; but “of his kingdom there shall be no end,” for Christ, God’s idea, will eventually rule all nations and peoples — imperatively, absolutely, finally — with di-18vine Science. This immaculate idea, represented first by man and, according to the Revelator, last by woman, will baptize with fire; and the fiery baptism will burn up 21the chaff of error with the fervent heat of Truth and Love, melting and purifying even the gold of human character.

  4. 258:9-27

    9    Man is more than a material form with a mind inside, Infinity’s reflectionwhich must escape from its environments in order to be immortal. Man reflects infinity, 12and this reflection is the true idea of God.

        God expresses in man the infinite idea forever develop-ing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from 15a boundless basis. Mind manifests all that exists in the infinitude of Truth. We know no more of man as the true divine image and likeness, than we know of 18God.

        The infinite Principle is reflected by the infinite idea and spiritual individuality, but the material so-called senses 21have no cognizance of either Principle or its idea. The human capacities are enlarged and perfected in propor-tion as humanity gains the true conception of man and 24God.

        Mortals have a very imperfect sense of the spiritual man and of the infinite range of his thought. To him 27Individual permanencybelongs eternal Life.

  5. 291:12-18

    12    Universal salvation rests on progression and probation, and is unattainable without them. Heaven is not a local-Salvation and probationity, but a divine state of Mind in which all the 15manifestations of Mind are harmonious and immortal, because sin is not there and man is found having no righteousness of his own, but in posses-18sion of “the mind of the Lord,” as the Scripture says.

  6. 62:20-1

        We must not attribute more and more intelligence 21to matter, but less and less, if we would be wise and The Mind creativehealthy. The divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human 24body, even as it clothes the lily; but let no mortal inter-fere with God’s government by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts.

    27    The higher nature of man is not governed by the lower; if it were, the order of wisdom would be reversed. Superior law of SoulOur false views of life hide eternal harmony, 30and produce the ills of which we complain. Because mortals believe in material laws and reject the Science of Mind, this does not make materiality first and 63 63:1the superior law of Soul last.

  7. 63:5-11, 20-27

        In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beauti-6ful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is Spiritual originnot, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior 9to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ulti-mate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.

    18If the elective fran-21chise for women will remedy the evil with-out encouraging difficulties of greater magnitude, let us hope it will be granted. A feasible as well as rational 24means of improvement at present is the elevation of society in general and the achievement of a nobler race for legislation, — a race having higher aims and 27motives.

  8. 378:26-32

    God 27 never endowed matter with power to disable Life or to chill harmony with a long and cold night of discord. Such a power, without the divine permission, is incon -30ceivable; and if such a power could be divinely directed, it would manifest less wisdom than we usually find dis-played in human governments.

  9. 393:4-18

        The body seems to be self-acting, only because mortal mind is ignorant of itself, of its own actions, and of their 6The strength of Spiritresults, — ignorant that the predisposing, re-mote, and exciting cause of all bad effects is a law of so-called mortal mind, not of matter. Mind is the 9master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness, sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. 12Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on 15man.

        Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s govern-18No pain in matterment.

  10. 264:24-1

    Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace 27which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.

        When we learn the way in Christian Science and rec-ognize man’s spiritual being, we shall behold and under-30stand God’s creation, — all the glories of earth and heaven and man.

        The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings, 265 265:1and its government is divine Science.

  11. 442:3 (only)

    Our statute is spiritual, our Government is divine.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 258: “Oft to every man and nation”
Hymn 86: “God's glory is a wondrous thing”
Hymn 204: “O Father, Thy kingdom is come upon earth”